New horror project: day twenty-one writing

And… scene! Spent a few hours today tightening up some loose ends on the first draft. Gave the dog some more face time. Figured out how we could keep the spray can of bear piss, have it still be relevant, then when to get rid of it. Wrote a new stanza for the Victorian poetry[…]

Zhura – still troubling after all these scenes.

UPDATE: After my FIRST Zhura posting, I told you that I’d tried creating a new doc from a TEXT file to purge the technology demons from my script. So far less than perfect. I’ve still got niggling problems like whole portions of the script (a dozen pages or more) suddenly and inexplicably becoming BOLD, or[…]

New horror project: day twenty writing

Wrote for about 7 hours today. Finished 11.5 pages of sheer craziness. Another man dead… this time sacrificed to the beasties by someone else. A building destroyed in a massive explosion. Two survivors with a gun in each hand run a gauntlet of creatures. The lead beastie confronted. And escape for our heroes. Plus, we[…]

New horror project: day nineteen writing

Another 6.66 pages today. We’re SO close to being finished we just want to get back at it right away tonight. But ah, duty calls. Sean had to take his Aunt to the doctor again, and my son has a baseball game tonight. Then later it’s American Idol Finals! And Dancing With The Stars results![…]

New horror project: day eighteen writing

Another day online through Zhura. Got a kinda late start… Sean’s Aunt needed a cast. Long story. Ends with a broken fibula. Another time. Pounded through 5 pages… saved our heroes from the mountain lion, took them up the mountain trail, and trapped them as the beasties advance. Gave them a harrowing adventure crossing a[…]

New horror project: day seventeen writing

Now we’re cookin’ with gas… 7 pages down today! We’ve had the truck break down on the road, had to take off into the woods on foot, gotten lost, been chased through a wide open meadow by beasties, come across an abandoned mill, and been trapped by a mountain lion! Serious shit. Writing this action[…]

New horror project: day sixteen writing

Good day! 3 more pages! We got our heroes into the crazy old lady’s house, learned her radio isn’t working, got her Daddy’s old 1940’s pickup running, and have escaped just as the creatures attack. Now we’re on the road down off the mountain. Interestingly, a point of contention has been whether or not one[…]

New horror project: day fifteen writing

Two more days of story outline refinement. Didn’t make any huge changes in the outline, but just focused on some greater detail in the events, made sure we understood each character’s motivations and state-of-mind going into each scene. In the process, discovered two HUGE plot holes (ashamed to admit) but plugged them. Sometimes you read[…]

Inktip lead – a new urgency to finish the script

So we’ve got one or two scripts up on InkTip.com… have had many prodcos read the synopses, one or two read the script. No earth shattering leads from the service so far. BUT we do subscribe to the InkTip newsletter, in which we get leads on prodcos who are looking for specific kinds of writers[…]

WGA: Sundance screenwriters on writing for indies

Thanks to my good friend Jeff Palmer for this link: WGA’s Angle On series features a video interview of several screenwriters at Sundance, discussing the constraints and advantages of writing for indie film, and some of the best advice they’ve gotten in their careers.

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